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19 Mar 2019

Android Q could increase your mobile data usage: Here's why

Android Q could increase your mobile data usage

Just recently, Google released the first developer preview of Android Q, the next iteration of its mobile operating system.

The newest dessert from the search giant boasts of some interesting capabilities, including enhanced controls for apps' location access.

However, among all the big changes, one minor tweak has got us worried and could ultimately increase your mobile data usage.

Here's how.

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Android Q could increase your mobile data usage
Android Q might not let apps control Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi control

Android Q might not let apps control Wi-Fi

In a recent post, Redditor xxTheGoDxx highlighted a passage on the Android Q developer website, one that said the new OS won't allow apps to automatically enable or disable Wi-Fi.

The restriction, as Android Authority reports, is aimed at directing app developers to employ the new settings panel that users could slide up from within the apps to enable or disable relevant settings.

Problem

Now, this is concerning for automation service users

Though there's nothing wrong with Google's move, certain users could witness a serious spike in their mobile data usage due to this.

Specifically, people using task/setting automation apps like Tasker won't be able to enable Wi-Fi automatically based on preset triggers, say like a particular location.

So simply put, your phone might not turn Wi-Fi on when you reach home, leading to data wastage.

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Tasker's creator expressed concerns over this

Concern

Tasker's creator expressed concerns over this

João Dias, the creator of Tasker, expressed concerns over the tweak in a tweet noting that the feature would impact their app's function in 'a big way'.

"A lot of users like to turn on/off their wifi automatically in various situations," he said, adding that since this is just the first developer preview, Google might take note of the issue and implement certain workarounds.

Impact

Either way, this could impact many users

Tasker alone has more than a million downloads on the Google Play Store, and it is not the only app providing automation services.

So, evidently, if this move is executed, a lot of people might be impacted, facing restrictions over automatic Wi-Fi control.

Further, many apps will not be able to enable/disable Wi-Fi through messages, such as those used for remote phone tracking/control.

However, Android Q also offers some fancy functions

Improvements

However, Android Q also offers some fancy functions

Though this setting sounds like a bummer, it's important to note that you'd be getting some fancy changes in Android Q.

This includes features like a system-wide dark mode, native screen recording, new iPhone-like gestures, and theme options with new accent colors, icons, and fonts.

For developers, the latest Android Q build also offers support for running apps in different 'foldable' modes.

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Can non-Pixel users get Android Q?

Will people enrolling for Android beta program get future updates?

When Google will launch next beta of Android Q?

When Google will release next Pixels?

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Can non-Pixel users get Android Q?

Asked 2019-03-19 11:51:12 by Vihaan Shah

Answered by NewsBytes

No, only Pixel phone owners can try the latest beta of Android Q.

Will people enrolling for Android beta program get future updates?

Asked 2019-03-19 11:51:12 by Saanvi Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, once you enroll for the program, you'll start receiving future developer betas of Android Q.

When Google will launch next beta of Android Q?

Asked 2019-03-19 11:51:12 by Reyansh Rangarajan

Answered by NewsBytes

The second developer beta of Android Q is expected to launch at Google I/O.

When Google will release next Pixels?

Asked 2019-03-19 11:51:12 by Divya Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

Going by past timeline, Google will release the next Pixels sometime around October.

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